Update: Charges dropped for woman in deputy baptism lawsuit

A woman claims in a lawsuit that a Hamilton County, TN deputy baptized a woman in Soddy Lake. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail / Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office / WTVC)

UPDATE (Nov. 11th):

Online court records show that all charges against Shandle Marie Riley were dismissed on Monday.

Bruce Garner, spokesman for Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston, says Pinkston moved that her guilty plea and conviction plea be dropped because the conviction was “the result of deprivations and denials of rights secured by both the State of Tennessee and the United States constitution.”

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) -- A woman is suing Hamilton County government and two Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies after she says one of them, during the course of her arrest, stripped to his underwear and baptized her in Soddy Lake, in the northern part of the county.

The deputies named in the lawsuit are Deputy Daniel Wilkey and Deputy Jacob Goforth.

Shandle Marie Riley claims in the lawsuit that the incident happened back on February 6th, between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Riley says she was driving alone, and pulled into a gas station, where Wilkey was, and bought cigarettes and gas. Later, Deputy Wilkey pulled her car over in the driveway of a friend's home, where her minor child was staying.

The lawsuit says Deputy Wilkey told Riley he believed she possessed methamphetamine, and ordered her out of the vehicle. The lawsuit says Wilkey then searched her "unlawfully," covering every area of her body. It claims Wilkey then asked her to "reach under her shirt and pull out her bra and shake the bra and shirt." Riley says she asked if a female officer could be present for the search, to which Wilkey replied "the law did not require" it.